NBA Power Rankings: Week 13

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

Due large in part to their absolute destruction of the Cleveland Cavaliers in their marquee Martin Luther King Jr. Day matchup, the Golden State Warriors have expanded their lead over the rest of the league in our weekly NBA Power Rankings.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 33-6
(15-23-1)
-15.2 Golden State
Monday's 35-point win was the second straight year they destroyed Cleveland on MLK Day. But June is what matters. Expect the Dubs to now be double digit faves in almost all games.
2 2 same 30-8
(22-15-1)
-12.6 San Antonio
Six of the Spurs' nine losses this year have been by five points or less, including all three in January.
3 3 same 25-13
(23-14-1)
-11.1 Toronto
While still trailing Cleveland in the standings, these rankings indicate they are clearly the superior team.
4 4 same 31-9
(26-14-0)
-9.4 Houston
The rating slips a bit this week as the Rockets have lost three of four. They've allowed 110+ points in six straight games.
5 5 same 26-14
(20-20-0)
-9.4 L.A. Clippers
Perfect in January (7-0 SU), the Clips will now be without Chris Paul for six to eight weeks, a crushing blow. Last two years, they are 3-9 SU without Paul and Griffin in the lineup.
6 7 up 1 24-16
(19-20-1)
-8.7 Utah
With the Clippers missing their two superstars, the opportunity is there for the Jazz to climb into the top four in the West. But they too have been beseiged by injury.
7 6 down 1 28-9
(16-19-2)
-6.6 Cleveland
This is getting a bit worrisome if you're a Cavs fan.The champs are just 4-4 SU and 1-7 ATS in the New Year.
8 9 up 1 23-15
(20-16-2)
-5.9 Boston
Three straights wins and covers over Conference foes (Wash, Atl, Cha) and the Celtics can now definitively claim to be the third best team in the East.
9 8 down 1 19-18
(17-20-0)
-5.2 Milwaukee
Back to back losses, one at home to the Sixers, drop the Bucks a spot this week.
10 10 same 23-16
(21-17-1)
-3.8 Oklahoma City
Getting blown out Monday in LA (by the Clippers) was definitely a step in the wrong direction.
11 11 same 20-19
(19-19-1)
-3.7 Charlotte
The Hornets just finished a five-game road trip 0-5 SU and are now a game below .500.
12 13 up 1 22-16
(20-18-0)
-3.6 Atlanta
Just one loss in the New Year and it came by only two points (at home) to Boston. Otherwise, the Hawks are 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in '17.
13 12 down 1 24-16
(21-19-0)
-3.5 Memphis
Here's a weird stat: When playing on exactly two days rest, the Grizz are 0-5 SU/ATS, losing by an average margin of 11.1 PPG. They'll have been off for two days when playing Washington Wednesday.
14 14 same 19-18
(19-18-0)
-3.5 Washington
Speaking of; the Wiz have won back to back home games by double digits. But on the road, they remain a lousy 4-13 straight up.
15 16 up 1 19-20
(19-20-0)
-2.2 Chicago
Four times this season the Bulls have been a home dog. They've won outright all four times.
16 15 down 1 20-18
(17-21-0)
-2 Indiana
Save for a disastrous game in England against Denver, the Pacers have not lost in 2017. They're 5-0 SU on American soil.
17 18 up 1 12-26
(17-21-0)
-1.6 Minnesota
In terms of discrepancy between W-L record and these rankings, the T'wolves probably have the biggest gap in the league. They are much better than their record.
18 17 down 1 18-22
(18-22-0)
-0.8 Detroit
The Pistons are the anti-Memphis. On exactly two days rest, they've gone 5-0 SU/ATS, winning by an average margin of 13.4 PPG.
19 20 up 1 15-24
(19-20-0)
-0.8 New Orleans
A five-game road trip out East is now over, but the upcoming six-game homestand offers little repreive with the Cavs, Spurs and Thunder all paying a visit to the Big Easy.
20 19 down 1 17-23
(17-23-0)
-0.6 Portland
The Blazers have shot poorly in each of their L3 games and are out East for the next three.
21 24 up 3 14-23
(17-20-0)
-0.3 Denver
In a week where few teams rose or fall in the rankings, the Nuggets delivered the most significant jump. They've won and covered three straight, plus are scoring a ton.
22 22 same 17-21
(22-16-0)
0.5 New York
I find it hilarious that Melo's original team is one spot higher than his current one, which may be dumping him shortly.
23 21 down 2 16-22
(20-17-1)
0.8 Sacramento
The Kings close out a disappointing seven-game homestand on Wednesday. They went just 1-5 SU/ATS in the first six games.
24 23 down 1 11-29
(19-21-0)
1 Miami
Tuesday's win over Houston was just the Heat's third since December 15th!
25 28 up 3 11-27
(17-21-0)
1.7 Dallas
There's was only one way to go for the Mavs, who move up thanks to three straight wins and covers.
26 26 same 12-26
(19-18-1)
1.7 Phoenix
After a stretch of abnormally low-scoring games, the Suns have reverted back to both scoring and allowing 100+ points in each of their last four games (all at home).
27 25 down 2 16-23
(15-23-1)
2.1 Orlando
The Magic haven't held an opponent under 100 points since Christmas.
28 29 up 1 10-25
(19-16-0)
3.1 Philadelphia
I'll have to look it up, but I can't remember the last time the Sixers were so "high" in the rankings. They are 6-2 SU and 7-1 ATS last eight games!
29 27 down 2 15-27
(19-22-1)
3.5 L.A. Lakers
Though it didn't work out, there was at least one thing Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss had in common. They both do a terrible job of running modern-day NBA franchises.
30 30 same 8-29
(18-17-2)
5.6 Brooklyn
Awful. The Nets are 0-9 straight up in the New Year and the smallest margin of defeat in those games is eight points.

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